Video of the day: Henry scores with a backheel.
Featured series of the day: Arsenal on this day – over 8000 anniversaries of the club
The video collection series
- 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.
- Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index to the series here.
- Arsenal in the summer – now over 50 articles.
- The First League Season, including a review of each player who played in that season
- Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.
The anniversaries today
2 October 1909: Playing with an injured keeper throughout, (Arsenal seemingly having no reserve keeper available) Arsenal lost 0-7 to Blackburn. It was one of four defeats by this score that Arsenal have suffered in the first division. The next time they conceded seven was October 1922.
2 October 1915: Arsenal beat Clapton Orient in the wartime league, with Andy Ducat from Aston Villa in the team. He had played 175 games for Arsenal before being transferred to Villa in 1912. He later ended his career with Fulham – obviously the connection with Henry Norris remained throughout.
2 October 1920: A sense of impending doom swept the club as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough, having been 1-0 up for much of the game. The crowd of 25,000 was a disappointment too as the weather was particularly clement.
2 October 1922: Arsenal lost 1-2 away to Sheffield United. As a result of this defeat Arsenal were 19th, just one point above the relegation places and with a worse goal average than the two clubs one point below them.
2 October 1922: Frank Townrow (who joined Arsenal in November 1920, signing as a professional in April 1921) made his debut for the club. He only played nine times for the first team in five years at Arsenal.
2 October 1924: Arsenal had made an offer to Preston of £4500 plus Bob Turnbull, for England forward Tom Roberts who had scored 118 goals in 199 games – another example of Knighton’s reported £1500 transfer fee limit being shown to be nonsense. But on this day Roberts signed for Burnley.
2 October 1926: One year on from the game against Newcastle when Arsenal went six down in the first half, and then changed tactics, it started again, as Arsenal went 0-2 down to Newcastle in 15 minutes. And again a tactical change occurred at half time and the game ended 2-2.
2 October 1937: George Hunt, the England international signed from Tottenham, made his debut for Arsenal against Manchester City on 2 October 1937. He went on to get a league winners’ medal, before moving on to Bolton for £4000.
2 October 1946: Albert Sigurður Guðmundsson played his first Arsenal match – a friendly against Sparta Prague, a 2-2 draw. He played throughout as an amateur, but the restrictive employment regime of the UK meant he had to leave the club shortly after.
2 October 1962: Barnet’s 75th anniversary match ended Barnet 2 Arsenal 5.
2 October 1971: Southampton 0 Arsenal 1 (23,738 being crammed into the Dell). The Observer called the Southampton tactics after Arsenal scored akin to a “pre-historic assault” rather than football.
2 October 1993: Liverpool 0 Arsenal 0. This was the first of four successive 0-0 draws in the league. The sequence ended on 6 November with a 1-2 home defeat to Aston Villa.
2 October 2005: Arsenal beat Birmingham 1-0, part of a run with just one defeat in 16 games.
2 October 2007: Arsenal beat Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 away in the Champions League. It was match 12 of a 21 game run without defeat in League or Cups.
2 October 2011: An away defeat to Tottenham 2-1 meant that after five league games with just one win, Arsenal were 17th, the lowest point in the table under Wenger of any season after more than three games.
2 October 2016. Away to Burnley Laurent Koscielny scored in the last minute to win the game. Burnley manager Sean Dyche questioned the referee’s competence after the game claiming the goal was both offside and handball. Although such attacks on refereeing competence by managers are prohibited by the PL no action was taken.
2 October 2020: The draw for the Europa league group matches was made with Arsenal paired with Molde, Rapid Vienna, and Dundalk. For the first time Arsenal won all six games in their qualifying group.